This Educause Learning Initiative brief explores open educational resources through a series of seven what, how, who, why, where, what questions.
This 2010 Southern Regional Educational Board publication explores the issues associated with sharing digital educational content and offers proposed guidelines for such sharing.
This State Educational Technology Directors Association (SETDA) policy brief for state and district education leaders outlines strategies for educators to effectively and legally use digital content. Educators developing teacher-created digital content may find its content useful.
This link is to the National Association of State Textbook Administrators (NASTA) criteria for the vetting of instructional materials.
The Creative Commons website provides information about using the Creative Commons licenses.
This link to the Federal Communications Commission website provides information about the Digital Textbook Playbook developed by the Digital Textbook Collaborative. As noted at its website, "The collaborative was convened by the Federal Communications Commission and the U.S. Department of Education and builds upon the FCC’s National Broadband Plan and the Department of Education’s National Education Technology Plan."
The Evidence Hub for Open Education serves as an aggregator of information about the state of the open education movement throughout the world. As noted at its website, "The Open Education Evidence Hub aims to provide an environment to systematically interrogate the Open Education movement on what are the people, projects, organizations, challenges, solutions and claims that scaffold the movement." Developed by the Knowledge Media Institute, the Evidence Hub is under the management of the Open Learning Network sponsored by the William and FLora Hewlett Foundation.
This 2007 report commissioned by the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) is considered a seminal report addressing issues associated with open educational resources. Aimed at managers of higher institutions of education the report looked at cost/benefit models for OER initiatives, intellectual property rights, incentives and barriers for delivering materials, and access and usefulness for users.
This link is to the Software and Information Industry Association (SIIA)guide on the use of open education resources (OER)in K-12 schools and colleges. As noted in the SIIA press release about it, "This Guide provides a framework for understanding open educational resources (OER), and it examines development and implementation costs, current business models, government and philanthropy’s role, and other considerations around the use of OER."
This link is to UNESCO's searchable database of OER items and reports. As noted at its website, "The OER Knowledge Cloud has been established to identify, collect, preserve and disseminate available documents of enduring value to researchers, industry, government, scholars, writers, historians, journalists and informal learners."
The Creative Commons OER Policy Registry provides a database of current and proposed education policies from around the world. As noted at the website, "OER policies are defined as legislation, institutional policies, and/or funding mandates that lead to the creation, increased use, and/or support for improving OER."
This link to Achieve's OER evaluation rubrics describes the rubrics and provides training materials on how to use them when reviewing open educational resources.
This document from the International Association for K-12 Online Learning outlines a series of recommendations about state-level policy for sharing open educational resources. As noted in its introduction, "This guide is meant to help educational institutions and state governments understand the benefits of fostering deeper learning and personalized learning through open educational resources (OER)."
OERPUB is a community which discusses and develops open source technology focused on designing, and implementing “An architecture for remixable Open Educational Resources (OER)”. As noted at its website, "OERPUB is not single project but a collective where open source projects with the same goals can discuss the tools and architectures that work best for authoring, adapting, remixing, and publishing open education resources and then delivering them to the web, mobile, tablet, and print."
This Wikipedia article provides an overview aobut open educational resources summarizing its scope, history, licensing, and current initiatives. As noted at the Wikipedia website, "Wikipedia is written collaboratively by largely anonymous Internet volunteers who write without pay. Anyone with Internet access can write and make changes to Wikipedia articles, except in limited cases where editing is restricted to prevent disruption or vandalism."
This link is to the United Kingdom's (UK) Open Educational Resources (OER) InfoKit supported by its Higher Education Academy. Its general OER content may be useful to educators around the world.
This report from the International Association for K-12 Online Learning provides state educational leaders with a guide describing the benefits of open educational resources (OER), how they might approach OER policies in their states, options for content acquisition, and strategies for successful collaborative content development.
After years of spending heavily on commercial textbooks and digital content, some school districts are now attempting to break out into the "open"—the realm of open educational resources, that is. This Education Weekly article explores the issue from a number of angles, including the rise of large-scale open educational projects aimed at bringing the resources to potentially massive populations of students across entire states. These efforts include EngageNY, an online resource created by New York state with federal Race to the Top dollars, which has churned out resources that have been downloaded an estimated 20 million times. Another ambitious effort is the K-12 OER Collaborative, comprised of 12 states working together to develop a shared library of open resources.
The Open Learning Network is an aggregator of information on open educational resources. As noted at its website, "OLnet is an international research hub for aggregating, sharing, debating and improving Open Educational Resources (OER). The aim of OLnet is to gather evidence and methods about how we can research and understand ways to learn in a more open world, particularly linked to OER, but also looking at other influences." Supported by The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, OLnet is a partnership project between The Open University, UK and Carnegie Mellon University, USA.
Opensource.com is an online publication and community focused on how open source is applied to different disciplines including business, education, government, health, law and life.
This link to the State Educational Technology Directors Associate (SETDA) website provides information on its 2012 report on digital textbooks. As noted at its website, "Out of Print highlights the sea change underway in the multi-billion dollar U.S. K-12 instructional materials market enabled by recent technology and intellectual property rights innovations."
This website showcases a multistate effort to create a repository of free, open content designed to allow a wide variety of audiences—including commercial vendors—to take those resources, and build upon them. The K-12 OER Collaborative recently announced that it had awarded $1.3 million to 10 content developers to develop 2-3 week open academic units in English/language arts and math. Those resources, designed to align with the common-core, are expected to serve as the foundation for more extensive, year-long academic materials.